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Noah's Ark (1928)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 August 1929 (Ireland)
The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War.

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, (uncredited)

Writers:

(story) (as Darryl Francis Zanuck), (adaptation) (as Anthony Coldewey) | 1 more credit »
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Al / Ham (as Gwynn Williams)
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The German / Leader of Soldiers
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Innkeeper / Guard
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The Balkan / Shem
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Investor with Gun / Trader
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Storyline

After a short split prologue showing riches as the root of evil in ancient and modern times, the film settles into 1914 France, where the Orient Express is about to be wrecked when a bridge washes out. Among those on board are Al and Travis, Americans who are traveling Europe spending Travis' money, and Marie, a German girl. The boys save Marie after the wreck and Travis falls in love with her. When World War I breaks out Al wants to enlist, but Travis can't, feeling loyal to Marie, a German. By 1917 Al has enlisted, and Travis follows him shortly after marrying Marie. Accused of being a German spy by a Russian agent, she is sentenced to die but is recognized by Travis, who is part of the firing squad. The town they are in is shelled and they are all trapped underground, during which a minister makes a lengthy parallel to ancient times when the King of Akkad persecuted his subjects and defied Jehovah, who finally sends a flood to wipe out mankind, except for Noah and his family, whom ... Written by Ron Kerrigan <,mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

The Spectacle of the Ages! Told by Two Glorious Lovers who Loved for All Eternity (Print Ad- St.Lawrence Plaindealer, ((Canton, NY)) 1 October 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 August 1929 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A Arca de Noé  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,005,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,367,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$938,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) (1957) | (1990s restoration)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Apparatus) (talking sequences, musical score and sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In Hollywood: Pioneers (1980), Dolores Costello can be seen tearing up as she talks about the human cost of the flood scenes. See more »

Goofs

During the flood sequence(Ihr.29 approx.) Japheth(George O'Brien) is clearly repeatedly calling/mouthing "Maria" as he searches for Dolores Costello. Her name in the Biblical sequence is MIRIAM:(And even in the WW1 story she is named Marie(Not Maria !)). See more »

Quotes

Travis: I could lick the guy that said there was a yellow streak in you!
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Soundtracks

Over There
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by George M. Cohan
Played after Travis joins the parade
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A Bible story from the Book of Zanuck!
26 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Kudos to all involved for restoring this screen epic, Michael Curtiz's American Directing Debut. He definitely pulls out all the stops on this one! For those familiar with the Biblical account of Noah and the Ark, some extra bits of information are included such as Noah's son Japheth being blinded and forced to push a huge stone mill as punishment for attempting to rescue his lady-friend from being sacrificed. And God appearing to Noah as a burning bush and telling him of the flood via a huge book of stone tablets--a very cool scene, by the way. These parts of the story are only found in the rare "DFZ" version of the Bible. These variances do nothing to hurt the film however, as it's strong anti-war message comes through. How ironic though to see them speak of WWI as the last war, and that the covenant of peace would now shine throughout the world. A wonderful sentiment, one that too few people seem to hold dear.


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